This is my last week here and I can say that although I have visited a lot of places here, I still feel like I need 4 more months to finish seeing everything. But based on what I have seen so far I decided to make a list of my personal favorite spots in Paris that aren’t the Eiffel Tower and tell you a little bit of why I think they are great.
I practically lived down this road. This street is full of cafes, restaurants, produce stands, cheese shops, flower shops, and most importantly bakeries. It is even home to Stohrer, the oldest pastry shop in Paris. Everyday on my way to class I would walk down and see the the delivery trucks and owners setting up their displays. Then in the evenings the cafes and bistros would be filled with people sipping glasses of wine and enjoying delicious dinners. I think it is a must-see location because there aren’t any other streets with the same lively and welcoming feel; this small road feels like its own small town in the heart of Paris.
2. Musee D’Orsay
If you are low on time and can only go to one museum I wholeheartedly suggest you skip the Louvre and go to D’Orsay. While the Louvre is a staple attraction, it is so big and overwhelming it can be difficult to enjoy. D’Orsay is much smaller and in my opinion holds a collection of art that any level of art expertise can enjoy.
3. Place Dauphine
This is a small little square on the same island as Notre Dame. It is covered with cute little trees and surrounded by bistros and cafes. Some evenings you can even spot locals playing Pétanque, a game that uses softball-sized steel balls that you must throw as close as you can to a target ball in order to score points. It is a great location to take a break from all the walking you tend to do while in Paris.
4. Parc Monceau
Parc Monceau is located in the 8th arrondissement and is one of my favorite parks because of size and the people that frequent it. Since it isn’t such a tourist attraction, you can see locals walking their dogs, doing yoga or simply taking a stroll around the perimeter. It also has very ornate statues and decor hidden around its natural landscape.
5. Palais Garnier
I saw so many people just take a picture outside and continue with their days, but they failed to go inside and see the grandiose architecture. If you have the opportunity, I suggest you take a tour, or go to one of the shows and see the golden breathtaking detail inside. There is also a surprise inside, the Marc Chagall painted ceiling.